Best George Carlin Quotes On Education, Politics & Life

1. “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” – George Carlin

2. “Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.” – George Carlin

3. “Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.” – George Carlin

4. “Everyone should try to scratch their name on the bomb of life.” – George Carlin

5. “We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a living but not a life. We’ve added years to life, not life to years.” – George Carlin

6. “It’s never just a game when you’re winning.” – George Carlin

7. “It’s important in life if you don’t give a shit. It can help you a lot.” – George Carlin

8. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – George Carlin

9. “By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth.” – George Carlin

10. “If it requires a uniform, it’s a worthless endeavor.” – George Carlin

11. “The reason I talk to myself is that I’m the only one whose answers I accept.” – George Carlin

12. “Think off-center.” – George Carlin

13. “I often warn people: ‘Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘There is no ‘I’ in the team.’ What you should tell them is, ‘Maybe not. But there is an ‘I’ in independence, individuality, and integrity.” – George Carlin

14. “The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.” – George Carlin

15. “A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff.” – George Carlin

16. “There’s a humorous side to every situation. The challenge is to find it.” – George Carlin

17. “I like it when a flower or a little tuft of grass grows through a crack in the concrete. It’s so fuckin’ heroic.” – George Carlin

18. “Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.” – George Carlin

19. “Electricity is really just organized lightning.” – George Carlin

20. “Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough not to quit.” – George Carlin

21. “There’s no present. There’s only the immediate future and the recent past.” – George Carlin

22. “Just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town.” – George Carlin

23. “Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don’t have time for all that.” – George Carlin

24. “We think in language. The quality of our thoughts and ideas can only be as good as the quality of our language.” – George Carlin

25. “Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist.” – George Carlin

26. “When Thomas Edison worked late into the night on the electric light, he had to do it by gas lamp or candle. I’m sure it made the work seem that much more urgent.” – George Carlin

27. “People who say they don’t care what people think are usually desperate to have people think they don’t care what people think.” – George Carlin

28. “Most people with low self-esteem have earned it.” – George Carlin

29. “A good motto to live by: ‘Always try not to get killed.’” – George Carlin

30. “My advice: just keep moving straight ahead. Every now and then you find yourself in a different place.” – George Carlin

31. “If your kid needs a role model and you ain’t it, you’re both fucked.” – George Carlin

32. “The only person who is with us our entire life is ourselves.” – George Carlin

33. “People are wonderful one at a time. Each one of them has an entire hologram of the universe somewhere within them.” – George Carlin

34. “Everyone smiles in the same language.” – George Carlin

35. “Life is a zero-sum game.” – George Carlin

36. “If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.” – George Carlin

37. “I don’t have to tell you it goes without saying there are some things better left unsaid. I think that speaks for itself. The less said about it the better.” – George Carlin

38. “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.” – George Carlin

39. “Think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of them are stupider than that.” – George Carlin

Funny George Carlin Quotes
40. “Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” – George Carlin

41. “Some people have no idea what they’re doing, and a lot of them are really good at it.” – George Carlin

42. “I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, ‘Where’s the self-help section?’ She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.” – George Carlin

43. “Some people see the glass half full, others see it half empty. I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be.” – George Carlin

44. “Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body.” – George Carlin

45. “The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.” – George Carlin

46. “If you can’t beat them, arrange to have them beaten.” – George Carlin

47. “When you’re born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat.” – George Carlin

48. “One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.” – George Carlin

49. “Well, if crime fighters fight crime and firefighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they?” – George Carlin

50. “One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends is that three out of four murders are committed by people who know the victim.” – George Carlin

51. “Instead of warning pregnant women not to drink, I think female alcoholics ought to be told not to fuck.” – George Carlin

52. “Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity.” – George Carlin

53. “What exactly is ‘viewer discretion’? If viewers had discretion, most television shows would not be on the air.” – George Carlin

54. “If black boxes survive air crashes – why don’t they make the whole plane out of that stuff?” – George Carlin

55. “I think the warning labels on alcoholic beverages are too bland. They should be more vivid. Here is one I would suggest: ‘Alcohol will turn you into the same asshole your father was.’” – George Carlin

George Carlin Quotes On Government & Politics
56. “Sooner or later the people in this country are going to realize: the government does not give a fuck about them. The government doesn’t care about you, or your children, or your rights, or your welfare, or your safety. It’s interested in its own power. That’s the only thing keeping it and expanding it wherever possible.” – George Carlin

57. “In America, anyone can become president. That’s the problem.” – George Carlin

58. “I think people should be allowed to do what they want. We haven’t tried that for a while. Maybe this time it’ll work.” – George Carlin

59. “Political correctness is America’s newest form of intolerance, and it is especially pernicious because it comes disguised as tolerance. It presents itself as fairness, yet attempts to restrict and control people’s language with strict codes and rigid rules.” – George Carlin

60. “To me, authority is something that a freer spirit, a more independent mind, and a person who can handle the world, doesn’t need guidance from.” – George Carlin

61. “I’m not sure that’s the way to fight discrimination. I’m not sure silencing people or forcing them to alter their speech is the best method for solving problems that go much deeper than speech.” – George Carlin

62. “Governments don’t want a population capable of critical thinking, they want obedient workers, people just smart enough to run the machines and just dumb enough to passively accept their situation. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own, and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought, and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the State houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear.” – George Carlin

63. “Keep in mind, the news media are not independent; they are a sort of bulletin board and public relations firm for the ruling class-the people who run things. Those who decide what news you will or will not hear are paid by, and tolerated purely at the whim of, those who hold economic power. If the parent corporation doesn’t want you to know something, it won’t be on the news. Period. Or, at the very least, it will be slanted to suit them, and then rarely followed up.” – George Carlin

64. “The real reason that we can’t have the Ten Commandments in a courthouse: You cannot post “Thou shalt not steal,” “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” and “Thou shalt not lie” in a building full of lawyers, judges, and politicians. It creates a hostile work environment.” – George Carlin

65. “The next time they give you all that civic bullshit about voting, keep in mind that Hitler was elected in a full, free democratic election.” – George Carlin

66. “Have you ever noticed that the only metaphor we have in our public discourse for solving problems is to declare war on it? We have the war on crime, the war on cancer, the war on drugs. But did you ever notice that we have no war on homelessness? You know why? Because there’s no money in that problem. No money to be made off of the homeless. If you can find a solution to homelessness where the corporations and politicians can make a few million dollars each, you will see the streets of America begin to clear up pretty damn quick!” – George Carlin

67. “A person of good intelligence and of sensitivity cannot exist in this society very long without having some anger about the inequality – and it’s not just a bleeding-heart, knee-jerk, liberal kind of a thing – it is just a normal human reaction to a nonsensical set of values where we have cinnamon flavored dental floss and there are people sleeping in the street.” – George Carlin

68. “All the media and the politicians ever talk about is things that separate us, things that make us different from one another.” – George Carlin

69. “If you vote and you elect dishonest, incompetent people into office who screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You caused the problem; you voted them in; you have no right to complain.” – George Carlin

70. “The larger the group, the more toxic, the more of your beauty as an individual you have to surrender for the sake of group thought. And when you suspend your individual beauty you also give up a lot of your humanity. You will do things in the name of a group that you would never do on your own. Injuring, hurting, killing, drinking are all part of it because you’ve lost your identity because you now owe your allegiance to this thing that’s bigger than you are and that controls you.” – George Carlin

71. “Did you ever stop to think about all the people we kill? They’re always people who tell us to live together in harmony and try to love one another: Jesus, Gandhi, Lincoln, John Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, John Lennon. They all said: ‘Try to live together peacefully.’ BAM! Right in the fucking head! Apparently, we’re not ready for that!” – George Carlin

72. “If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you’re going to have selfish, ignorant leaders.” – George Carlin

73. “Conservatives say if you don’t give the rich more money, they will lose their incentive to invest. As for the poor, they tell us they’ve lost all incentive because we’ve given them too much money.” – George Carlin

74. “A flag is supposed to represent everything that a country does. It doesn’t only represent the good things. If you burn the flag, you’re burning the flag for what you perceive to be the bad things the country has done. it’s only a symbol. It’s only a piece of cloth.” – George Carlin

75.”The things that matter in this country have been reduced in choice, there are two political parties, there are a handful of insurance companies, there are six or seven information centers.. but if you want a bagel there are 23 flavors. Because you have the illusion of choice!” – George Carlin

76. “Careful, if you think too much, they’ll take you away.” – George Carlin

77. “War is rich old men protecting their property by sending middle-class and lower-class men off to die.” – George Carlin

78. “We are a nation of sheep, and someone else owns the grass.” – George Carlin

79. “We’re so self-important. So arrogant. Everybody’s going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save the snails. And the supreme arrogance? Save the planet! Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don’t even know how to take care of ourselves; we haven’t learned how to care for one another. We’re gonna save the fuckin’ planet?… And, by the way, there’s nothing wrong with the planet in the first place. The planet is fine. The people are fucked!” – George Carlin

80. “You know how I define the economic and social classes in this country? The upper class keeps all of the money, pays none of the taxes. The middle class pays all of the taxis, does all of the work. The poor are just there… just to scare the shit out of the middle class. Keep ’em showing up at those jobs.” – George Carlin

81. “My mind doesn’t work that way, I got this real moron thing I do, it’s called thinking and I’m not a very good American because I like to form my own opinions… I have certain rules I live by. My first rule, I don’t believe anything the government tells me… And I don’t take very seriously the media or the press in this country.” – George Carlin

George Carlin American Dream Quote
82. “The owners of this country know the truth: It’s called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.” – George Carlin

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